The New Zealand mens hockey team went within three minutes of elimination from the Commonwealth Games today.

The Black Sticks met Canada in their final pool match and needed just a draw to advance to the semi-finals.

But Canada took the game to the New Zealanders and with just three minutes remaining led 1-0.

To the relief of the New Zealanders, Hayden Shaw then converted a penalty corner with one of his specialty drag flicks to level the scores at 1-1.

New Zealand now meets world No 1 Australia in the semi-finals.

Trevor Manning Selwyn Maister Tony Ineson
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